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Driver Sentenced for DUI in Fatal Crash Sues Road Construction Companies

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Most lawsuits that follow drunken-driving deaths are filed by the administrator of the victim's estate against the drunken driver and perhaps the establishment that served the alcohol. But litigation filed in the wake of a fatal 2013 crash has several twists.

David Slossberg

Status of Fetus at Issue in Wrongful Death Case

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

At what point does a fetus become a person? That question is often raised not only in the long-running debate over abortion, but also in legal circles. Connecticut courts have held that babies simply need to be "born alive," even if not viable outside the womb, to be treated as persons under criminal and civil law.

Scott Karsten

Jury Rules Outspoken Officer Wasn't Terminated for Criticism of First Selectman

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven jury has rendered a defense verdict in a civil lawsuit in which a former Madison police officer claimed he was fired in retaliation for critical public comments he made about town officials.

David Benoit

Attorney's High-Tech Product Helps Those In Danger Call for Help

By Megan Spicer |

In times of crisis, bystanders often hesitate to assist someone in peril, figuring someone else will help out. And then there are those hopeless moments when someone facing danger can't reach their phone to call for help.

Conn. Doctor to Pay $270,000 to Resolve Medicare Fraud Case

By Christian Nolan |

An osteopathic physician from Ridgefield who was convicted of health care fraud has agreed to pay the federal government $270,000 to settle similar civil allegations, including charges that he sent bills to Medicare for the treatment of patients he never saw.

With Death Penalty Gone, Defense Bar Sets New Goals

By Christian Nolan |

For years, criminal defense lawyers in the state have made abolishing the death penalty their No. 1 priority.

Marsha Anastasi

Bar Leaders Seek to Speed Progress for Female Lawyers Bringing Gender Equity to the Bar

By Megan Spicer |

Carmina Tessitore, head of the CBA's Women in the Law Section, said women who have risen to leadership positions in law firms should 'pay it forward' and make it a point to mentor younger female lawyers.

Former State Senator Announces Expansion of Law Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Branford law firm run by a well-known Democrat that focuses on real estate is expanding to Fairfield County with a satellite practice in Bridgeport.

Ex-Attorney Accused of Theft Agrees to Mental Health Exams

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former attorney charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly stealing from a now-deceased military veteran has been accepted into a supervised diversionary program. If Andrew F. Bonito Jr., 56, of Cheshire, successfully completes the yearlong program, the larceny charge will be dismissed.

Conn. Hotels Are Focus of ADA Enforcement by U.S. Attorney's Office

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In the 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many public buildings like schools and courthouses have been upgraded to be accessible to those with disabilities. But the law also extends to "places of public accommodation" such as hotels, and federal officials have been pushing in recent months to make hotels around the state accessible too.

Editorial: Judges Get Guidance on Overturning Arbitration Awards in Termination Cases

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently provided sound guidance and continued support to the arbitration process of dispute resolution.

Sidelined Mother Wins $52,000 in Arbitration After Rear-End Collision

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was injured after her vehicle was rear-ended at an intersection in Milford has been awarded nearly $52,000 by an arbitrator.

Prosecutor Who Handled Rowland Case to Join High-Profile Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

Often when a federal prosecutor moves to a private law firm, he or she launches a white-collar defense practice, the better to take advantage of all that inside knowledge of government investigations. But that's not the case with Connecticut Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei, who has been hired by one of the most successful plaintiff law firms in the state.

Editorial: Law Schools Should Not Profit Financially From Legal Clinic Efforts

It was once generally agreed on that a college scholarship was sufficient compensation for college athletes who received the benefit of a college education in exchange for their hard work and dedication in representing their colleges and universities on the athletic fields.

Conn. Officials Say Too Many People Jailed Because They Can't Make Bond

By Associated Press |

Of the thousands in pretrial detention in Connecticut on any given day, more than 500 are held on bonds of $20,000 or less, meaning they cannot come up with the money to contract with bondsmen who typically charge 10 percent.

Police Video Surveillance of Psychologists' House Prompts Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A married couple from Westport is suing the town and several of its police officers for what they claim is unlawful video surveillance of their home.

Restaurant Chain Cooks Up IP Claim Against Conn. Barbeque Joint

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Bridgeport restaurant's use of a logo with the letters BBQ against a flame backdrop has an out-of-state restaurant chain fired up.

Dan Klau at New Britain Courthouse — being interviewed by Courant reporter Alaine Griffin.

Attorney's Song Parody Album Raises Money for Legal Aid

By Megan Spicer |

For more than a decade, catchy phrases would come to Dan Klau. Oftentimes, he'd reach for a scrap of paper or his cellphone to write down the ideas before he forgot. Other times, the potential song lyrics would stay with him for weeks, months or even years.